Getting More from Less: Measuring Cannabis Crop Yield


2019-07-16 14:44:42 Investing News Network


Crop yield is a useful metric when measuring the scale and success of a cannabis cultivation operation.  Cannabis companies with large-scale greenhouses love to talk about the size of their operations; however, more cannabis companies have begun to focus on measuring cannabis crop yield. Grow space numbers are often impressive and easy to understand, but they rarely tell the full story. Large-scale cannabis cultivation facilities are often economies of scale that prioritize quantity over quality, resulting in a standardized end product that can be produced at large volumes. In order to grow a premium cannabis product, cultivators must design and implement efficient systems capable of controlling every possible input. This requires purpose-built indoor facilities. Maximizing yield is of critical importance for cannabis producers, and those that pay attention to the finer details are more likely to be rewarded with the high-quality cannabis consumers crave. Through careful facility design and the latest precision growing innovations, cannabis growers are able to get more from less, unlocking the full potential of their operations. Crop yield is one of the most important metrics for profitability. The amount of product that a grower can produce weighed against the resources used to produce it is the purest measurement of efficiency. In today’s cannabis industry, there are still many producers operating at a loss due to the low margins associated with low-quality cannabis. While these greenhouses may have the resources to produce at a commercial scale, their operations are not optimized to the point where the product is more valuable than the resources spent. Cannabis producers with the foresight to design optimized modular operations could see higher yield efficiency in the long run. Clean, highly controlled environments are necessary to achieve the highest crop yields, which requires significant attention to detail. Demand for legal cannabis in Canada is growing rapidly, and, due to a range of regulatory and logistical factors, the industry is not currently producing enough supply to meet that demand. Additionally, new markets opening up around the world are creating export opportunities. With quality cannabis in high demand, producers are developing new facilities capable of fine-tuning every parameter in order to produce the finest possible product while maximizing yield. Measuring cannabis cultivation Most cannabis producers shy away from stating their official yield figures. One 2016 survey by Cannabis Business Times shows that, while 72 percent of respondent cannabis growers kept track of this stat, 38 percent of those that did measure yield admitted they didn’t know the yield of their operation’s most recent harvest, and some admitted to measuring the metric somewhat informally. To Flowr (TSXV:FLWR) Co-CEO Vinay Tolia, yield is a critical component to the success of a cannabis business. “Simply put, yield is the most important measurement of potential profitability. It represents efficiency, pure and simple. The higher the yield, the more crop you’re able to produce per unit of grow space.” Measuring cannabis crop yield gives the producer a clear indicator of how well its space is being used. If a particular strain is producing lower than others, that strain can be swapped, or grow conditions can be adjusted. Optimizing cannabis cultivation  Once a growing operation’s capacity has been quantified, the next step is to figure out which growth factors can be adjusted to improve the quality of the product. There are numerous factors that have an impact on a crop’s yield, including facility design, lighting, genetics, air quality and soil quality. There are thousands of cannabis strains in circulation in the legal cannabis market and not all strains are created equal. Once a strain has been selected, growers must deploy the optimal design and maintenance strategy to produce the finest product in the highest volume possible. Each strain can respond differently to environmental inputs, leaving growers to fine-tune their operations based on the desired result. In order to maximize yields, growers must consider all aspects of their growing environment, including temperature, airflow, lighting, fertilizer and many others. To many in the cannabis industry, the size and setup of a cultivation facility can have a major impact on the quality of cannabis grown there. The larger the grow space, the harder these inputs are to control, and the harder it is to keep the facility clean of pests and pathogens. According to Tolia, the decision to optimize cultivation is a key aspect of the company’s business strategy. “Our entire thesis is based on maximizing yield and thereby reducing the marginal costs of production using purpose-built, highly efficient and extremely clean indoor growing facilities.” Cannabis companies incorporating these strategies Cannabis companies are increasingly using optimal design and cultivation techniques to grow the finest cannabis possible. Canadian licensed producer Flowr, for example, aims to achieve yields of up to three times the industry average with purpose-built facilities designed by a team with decades of cultivation experience. Flowr’s proprietary cultivation setup is specifically designed for the Dutch-style “sea of green” method, which allows for higher yields when managed by a skilled team. By continuing to optimize its growing methods while measuring cannabis crop yield, Flowr hopes to achieve yields of over 400 grams per square foot by the end of 2022. MedReleaf, now a division of Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB,NYSE:ACB), has made itself known as the industry leader in yield. The company achieved its industry-leading yields in the years preceding recreational legalization thanks to a forward-thinking, data-driven approach to facility design that helped it to develop growing innovations that are widespread in the industry today. Takeaway The cannabis industry is growing at an unprecedented rate around the world, where new markets are continuing to open up, providing opportunities for established North American players. Companies endeavoring to optimize their growing conditions through efficient facility design could be positioning themselves for higher yields and higher operating margins. This article was originally published by the Investing News Network in April 2019.  This INNSpired article is sponsored by The Flowr Corporation (TSXV:FLWR). This INNSpired article provides information which was sourced by the Investing News Network (INN) and approved by The Flowr Corporation in order to help investors learn more about the company. The Flowr Corporation is a client of INN. The company’s campaign fees pay for INN to create and update this INNSpired article. This INNSpired article was written according to INN editorial standards to educate investors. INN does not provide investment advice and the information on this profile should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security. INN does not endorse or recommend the business, products, services or securities of any company profiled. The information contained here is for information purposes only and is not to be construed as an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of securities. Readers should conduct their own research for all information publicly available concerning the company. Prior to making any investment decision, it is recommended that readers consult directly with The Flowr Corporation and seek advice from a qualified investment advisor.
作物产量是衡量大麻种植规模和成功与否的有用指标。 拥有大型温室的大麻公司喜欢谈论它们的业务规模;然而,更多的大麻公司开始关注大麻作物产量的测量。不断增长的空间数字往往令人印象深刻,易于理解,但他们很少讲出完整的故事。大型大麻种植设施往往是规模经济,优先考虑数量而不是质量,从而产生可大量生产的标准化最终产品。 为了种植优质大麻产品,栽培人员必须设计和实施能够控制每一种可能的输入的有效系统。这需要专门建造的室内设施。最大限度地提高产量对于大麻生产者来说至关重要,而那些关注更精细细节的人更有可能获得消费者渴望的高质量大麻。通过精心的设施设计和最新的精确种植创新,大麻种植者能够从更少的种植中获得更多,充分发挥其经营潜力。 作物产量是衡量盈利能力的最重要指标之一。种植者可以生产的产品数量与用于生产的资源相比是最纯粹的效率衡量。在当今的大麻行业,由于低质量大麻带来的低利润率,仍有许多生产商处于亏损状态。虽然这些温室可能具有商业规模生产的资源,但它们的运作没有优化到产品比花费的资源更有价值的程度。 具有设计优化模块化操作的远见的大麻生产者可以看到长期更高的产量效率。清洁,高度控制的环境是实现最高产量所必需的,这需要对细节的高度关注。 加拿大对合法大麻的需求正在迅速增长,由于一系列监管和后勤因素,该行业目前没有生产足够的供应来满足这一需求。此外,在世界各地开放的新市场正在创造出口机会。随着优质大麻的高需求,生产者正在开发新的设施,能够微调每一个参数,以生产最好的产品,同时最大限度地提高产量。 大麻种植的测量 大多数大麻生产商不愿公布官方产量数据。坎纳比斯商业时报2016年的一项调查显示,72%的被调查大麻种植者跟踪这一统计数据,38%的被调查大麻种植者承认,他们不知道最近一次收获的产量,有些人承认对这一指标进行了一些非正式的测量。Flower ( TSXV : FLWR )联席首席执行官 Vinay Tolia 表示,产量是大麻业务成功的关键因素。 “简而言之,收益率是衡量潜在盈利能力的最重要指标。它代表效率,纯粹和简单。产量越高,每单位种植面积的产量就越多。”大麻作物产量的测量为生产者提供了一个明确的指标,说明其空间的使用情况。如果某一特定菌株的产量低于其他菌株,该菌株可以被交换,或生长条件可以调整。 优化大麻种植 一旦不断增长的运营能力被量化,下一步就是找出可以调整哪些增长因素以提高产品质量。影响作物产量的因素很多,包括设施设计、照明、遗传学、空气质量和土壤质量。在合法的大麻市场上流通着成千上万株大麻,并不是所有的菌株都是平等产生的。一旦选择了一个品种,种植者必须部署最佳的设计和维护策略,以生产最好的产品在最高的数量可能。每种菌株对环境投入的反应不同,使种植者根据期望的结果调整其操作。为了最大限度地提高产量,种植者必须考虑其生长环境的各个方面,包括温度、气流、照明、肥料和其他许多方面。 对大麻产业的许多人来说,种植设施的规模和建立可能对当地种植的大麻的质量产生重大影响。生长空间越大,这些输入就越难控制,而且越难保持设备清洁害虫和病原体。托利亚认为,优化种植是公司经营战略的一个关键方面。“我们的整个研究都是基于最大限度地提高产量,从而利用专门建造、高效且极其清洁的室内种植设施,降低边际生产成本。” 大麻公司纳入这些战略 大麻公司越来越多地利用最佳的设计和种植技术来种植最好的大麻。例如,加拿大特许生产商 Flow 的目标是通过一个拥有数十年种植经验的团队设计的专用设施,使产量达到行业平均水平的三倍。Flower 的专有种植设施是专为荷兰风格的“绿色海洋”方法设计的,这种方法允许在由一个熟练的团队管理时获得更高的产量。通过继续优化种植方法,同时测量大麻的作物产量, Flower 希望到2022年底达到每平方英尺400克的产量。 MedRelaf 现在是奥罗拉(Aurora) Cannabis ( TSX : ACB , NYSE : ACB )的一个部门,已成为收益率行业的领导者。在娱乐合法化之前的几年里,该公司取得了行业领先的收益,这得益于前瞻性的、数据驱动的设施设计方法,该方法帮助该公司开发日益增长的创新,这些创新如今已广泛应用于该行业。 被带走 大麻产业在世界各地以前所未有的速度增长,新的市场不断开放,为北美的老牌玩家提供了机会。通过有效的设施设计来优化其生长条件的公司可能会将自己定位于更高的产量和更高的营业利润。 本文原刊登于2019年4月的《投资新闻网络》。 这篇文章是由花卉公司( TSXV : FLWR )赞助的。这篇 INNSpired 文章提供了投资新闻网络( INN )提供的信息,并得到了 FlowerCorporation 的批准,以帮助投资者更多地了解该公司。鲜花公司是 INN 的客户。该公司的活动费用为 INN 创建和更新这篇 INNSpired 文章支付。 这篇 INNSpired 文章是根据 INN 的编辑标准编写的,旨在教育投资者。 INN 不提供投资建议,有关此配置文件的信息不应被视为购买或出售任何证券的建议。INN 不认可或推荐任何公司的业务、产品、服务或证券。 此处所包含的信息仅供参考,不得解释为证券买卖的要约或邀请。读者应自行研究有关公司的所有公开信息。在做出任何投资决策之前,建议读者直接咨询 Flower Corporation ,并向合格的投资顾问寻求建议。